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Barnardo's responds to Education Policy Institute's children's mental health report

Release Date: 07 Oct 2018

A report by the Education Policy Institute shows how urgent action must be taken to stop us sleepwalking ever further into a children's mental health crisis, Barnardo's says

The research examines access to specialist services, waiting times for treatment, and provision for those children that are not able to receive treatment.

Entitled 'Access to children and young people’s mental health services - 2018', the report found there were at least 55,800 rejected CAMHS referrals in the last financial year, and a 26 per cent increase in referrals over the last five years.

In response to the findings, Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

This disturbing report shows how urgent action must be taken to stop us sleepwalking ever further into a children’s mental health crisis.

These shocking figures reveal the number of referrals to specialist children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) has increased by 26.3 per cent over the last five years.

During the last financial year a fifth of the referrals got rejected. In some parts of the country the pressure on resources is so severe that only the most extreme cases receive help.

We have first-hand experience working with thousands of children through our mental health services and know the earlier children get support the best chance they have for recovery.

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